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Boathouse Campground
Boathouse Campground


Boathouse Campground is a primitive, backcountry campground off Northshore Road in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. There are no amenities other than a flat-ish place to park and pitch tents and a campfire ring, but it is quiet and far from the incessant drone of RV generators. The campground is small, probably too small for more than one party, or perhaps two small, quiet groups.

Link to map.

Boathouse Campground

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about hiking in the desert, ... this area is pretty safe; so far as I know, without cliffs, mine shafts, or too many cactus. Access to this campground usually is suitable for carefully driven sedans, but a high-clearance vehicle would be safer.

While out and about, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. This site is sandwiched between the Jimbilnan and Pinto Valley wilderness areas, so pay particular attention to respecting the land. If campers wander too far, nobody will find them, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials. Cell phones don't work.

Boathouse Campground

Getting to the Campground

This primitive campground is located in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, about 1 hour east of Las Vegas.

From town, drive out to Lake Mead. From the intersection of Northshore Road and Lakeshore Road, drive north on Northshore Road for 30.0 miles to Boathouse Cove Road, which is just past Mile Marker 30. Turn right (east) onto Boathouse Cove Road and drive south 1.0 mile to the campground, on the right at a point where the road curves hard to the left.

For details of the road and GPS waypoints, see the Boathouse Cove Road page.

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Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0789 Northshore Rd at Boathouse Cove Rd 726251 4015974 36.26402 114.48155 1,909 Yes
1381 Boathouse Campground 726929 4014683 36.25223 114.47438 2,155 GPS

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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